Besides the Aladdin Making of a Classic panel there where 3 more events that involved Aladdin and the people behind the musical and film, James Monroe Iglehart was this year a couple events on stage singing, there was of course a Robin Williams tribute and Andreas Deja became a Disney Legend. There was also new concept art and the first clipÂ from Moana a film that’s been in production for years and helmed by Aladdin directors John Musker and Ron Clements. Moana will be released in theaters in November 2016.
First off Â there was a musical showcaseÂ of the Disney Musicals that where on Broadway over the years.Hosted by Stage Genie himselfÂ James Monroe Iglehart Â and joined by Mary Poppins/Belle Ashley Brown and Tarzan’sÂ Josh Strickland Â inÂ The Originals! They bring songs from all Disney musicals including Tarzan, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King and others. Of course James Monroe did Friend Like Me
While Josh sang Proud of Your Boy
Robin Williams was honored on the Disney Legends Award Ceremony whereÂ Ne-Yo did his take on the classic Friend Like Me. Also as part of an album that is coming with Disney Broadway shows. Good oldÂ James Monroe Iglehart was also at the party sings the Oogie Boogie song from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” this because composer Danny Elfman became a Disney Legend.Â
And of course a true Disney Legend is Andreas Deja who got his honor as being part of the core Disney animators for almost 3 decades.
The Disney Children TV block Disney’s One Saturday Morning that ran on ABC in the late 1990’s early 2000’s carried a series of info commercials hosted by Genie.
Called “Great Minds Think 4 Themselves” Genie tells about an important historical person/period in time. Amusing as they are I find that Robin Williams returned as Genie’s voice actor the most remarkable thing about these shorts.
Beloved actor Robin Williams died at the age of 63 on Monday, authorities and his wife have confirmed.
Police were the first to announce the death of Williams, who was discovered â€œunconscious and not breathing inside his residenceâ€ in Tiburon, California. A police report was the original source of the announcement.
â€œThe Sheriffâ€™s Office Coroner Divison suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia,â€ the report stated.
Williams wife Susan Schneider issued a statement shortly after police released theirs. â€œThis morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robinâ€™s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robinâ€™s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.â€
Said his publicist in a separate statement today, â€œHe has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss.â€
An investigation into his death is now underway.
Update: Hollywood is reacting to the death of Williams. Read tweets from the stars about the passing of their friend and fellow actor.
Update 2: President Obama has issued a statement. â€œRobin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between,â€ he said. â€œBut he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien â€“ but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most â€“ from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robinâ€™s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.â€
In July the actor had checked himself into rehab after troubles with alcohol. A statement from his rep to TMZ at the time said, â€œAfter working back-to-back projects, Robin is simply taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud.â€
Williams is best known for roles in Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Jumanji.
More recently, the actor starred on CBSâ€™ The Crazy Ones.
Graham Norton, a BCC host, had Robin in his show recently talking about his voice work on animation feature films Aladdin and Happy Feet.